A Hawkins Family Line

  This page is put together by Ann Woodlief. Please e-mail at awoodlief@yahoo.com if you wish to copy or download but be aware that there are many questions about the lineage. Much of the following genealogical information was compiled by Mrs. Willie Shearer of Jackson, Mississippi in 1976 but is sparsely documented. There are many sources of this information on the Hawkins family in England. Mine comes primarily from Hawkins of Plymouth by James A. Williamson. I also have looked at The Sanders Family of Grass HIlls (Anna Virginia Parker, 1966) and a mss by Dorothy Ford Wulfeck (1962?).

Other sites:
Admiral Sir John Hawkins and His Descendents

Wayne Greene's Hawkins Site†

  Mary Hawkins Craig (Mrs. Toliver Craig) was the daughter of:

John Hawkins (b. ca. 1680 Slapton England?)-d. before Oct 7, 1740) and Mary Long (b. 1680-85-?)

John emigrated to VA about 1705 (1720?), settling in St. Anne's Parish, Essex Co, VA. He married first Mary or Sarah Johnson (in England?); he married Mary Long in Botetourt VA before 1707. He bought 1280 acres of land in Spotsylvania Co in 1723 from Thomas Chew and 501 acres, same parish, from Larkin Chew. In 1724-5, he bought 400 acres on the NE side of the Pamunkey and on both sides of mouth of Terry's Run, or Jigging River and was then living in King William Co. {note: There was another John Hawkins in Virginia, born 1718 and emigrated 1742, who married Mary Langford and their daughter Mildred (1763-1833) married General Percival Butler of Port William.]

John had a brother, Philemon (ca. 1695 Eng-1725 Va), m. 1714 Ann Eleanor Howard, living near his brother in Spotsylvania Co. After his death, his remarried wife moved to NC with her son .>>Philemon II (-1801) m. Delia Martin (-1794)>>Philemon III, m. Lucy Davis, and Benjamin. Here is a remembrance of that family by John D. Hawkins.

Mrs Shearer thought Mary was the daughter of John Long, married to Elizabeth about 1680, died 1/31/1750 in Spotsylvania, and Elizabeth, d. 3/1760. However, they both left wills citing Nicholas and Elizabeth as children: John, Elizabeth, Nicholas Jr., Mary, Nanny, Sarah as grandchildren. Probably there is no tie.

Joseph, (ca. 1707- 69) m. Jane Nicholas, lived Hanover Co, then Spotsylvania Co (after inheriting lands from father; Toliver and Mary Craig deeded him 200 acres on Terry's Run for 5 pounds that were left to Mary by her father, 1747)>> John, Joseph, Lucy, Sarah

William, m. Margaret (Essex Co)

Philemon ( 1715-1779), m.1 Sarah Smith>> John, Joseph, Philemon (m. Lucy Craig, daughter of Elijah Craig), Frankey [Thomas], Lucy [Craig]. Deeded 132 acres on North Anna R. after father's death.

Elizabeth, m. George Smith

Phoebe, m. Charles Smith. Note: all Smiths were children of Samuel Smith. The families must have been very close!

Mary, m. Toliver Craig†

John Hawkins MAY have been the son of:

John Hawkins (b. 21/9/1643) and Mary Dewe

They married before 1671. She was the daughter of Edward Dewe of Islip, Oxfordshire (1625-), who was the son of Richard Dewe and Elizabeth Tesdale. Elizabeth was descended from Thomas Tesdale, a founder of Pembroke College at Oxford. They had fourteen children born between 1671 and 1698. In 1682, they settled at Great Milton, Oxfordshire. Their second child, William (b. 1673), was a well known criminal lawyer, publishing "Treatise of the Pleas of the Crown."

On the other hand, maybe not. This genealogy comes from Burke's Peerages of England:

John Hawkins, descended from the sea captain, in the time of Elizabeth, m. Mary, daughter of Edward Dewe,esq. of Islip and grandneice of Thomas Tesdale, esq. one of the founders of Pembroke College, Oxford, and had issue:

1)††† John, who m. Miss Wainwright and had issue:
††††††††††† a)††† William who married Miss Sarah Grant

††††††††††† b)††† John m. Miss Conyers

††††††††††† c)††† Thomas m. Mary Leavor (d/o Thomas Leavor of Oxford)

††††††††††† d)††† Catherine m. Thomas Smith, Esq. of Northamptonshire

††††††††††† e)††† Elizabeth m. John Smith, Esq. of Hampton

2)††† William, sergeant at arms, who m. first Miss Jenyns, sister to the M.P. for Cambridgeshire and second, Miss Ram, of Coleraine, in Ireland, sister to the member for Gowry.

††††††† a)††† William, of bampton, in Holy Orders, m. Miss Blanch Griffiths, and had issue:† James, Rector of Duckington and John.
††††††† b)††† Phillip, in Holy Orders, of Ashford, Kent, who m. Miss Ann Hulton

3)††† ____ who m. Dr. Newcombe
4)††† Catherine who m. Thomas Leaver of Oxford

John Hawkins MAY have been the son of:

John Hawkins (ca. 1604, bap. 16/3/1604, St. Andrews, Plymouth-before 1678, buried at Slapton) and Hester Richards (- 7/1660, at Slapton)

They married Oct 27, 1636. He inherited the Manor of Poole in Slapton and the Plymouth estates (sold in 1637-8) when his mother died.

John, 1639--1642

Judith, 1640

Richard, 1641, m. Thomasine Sloley

John, 1643- [Note: Plymouth Armada Heroes: The Hawkins Family by Mary W. S. Hawkins (1888, 1933) claims that John was buried at Slapton in 1670, with everything going to his sister Hester. - If this is true--and I do not know for certain--then there is no connection with the John Hawkins in Virginia. Any one know for sure?)

William, 1644-

Hester, 19/11/1647-

Robert, died young

Mary (-1728)

Thomas, m. Sarah Crocker

Nicholas, m. Anne Manning†

John Hawkins was the son of:

Sir Richard Hawkins (ca. 1560 Plymouth- 17/4/1622) and Judith Hele (Heale) (-1629)

They married before 1590. He was the 6th Captain to sail through the Magellan Straits. In 1582, he made his first long voyage against the Armada; he captained the Dutch Galliot in Drake's expedition to the West Indies, 1585 6. In 1594 he was taken prisoner off the coast of Peru after a harrowing trip through the Straits (a voyage recorded and published as The Observations of Sir Richard Hawkins, 1622/1933) and detained by the Spanish 9 years, held as hostage for Spaniards held in England. He was ransomed for £12,000 (money he had inherited but that his stepmother was very reluctant to release for the ransom). Fortunately for us, he was able to return to his wife and daughter! He was Mayor of Plymouth; Member of Parliament.

Judith, 1592- , m. Tristram Sture

John, ca. 1604-78

Richard, (-1667) m. Elizabeth>>Elizabeth, Nicholas, Jeremiah

Margaret, (1603-)

Joane, (1607-)


Sir Richard Hawkins was the son of:

Sir John Hawkins [Hawkyns] (1532 Plymouth--12/11/1595, at sea off Puerto Rico) and Katherine Gonson (-- 7/1591)

They were married ca. 1557. Katherine Gonson was daughter of Benjamin Gonson (1520- ), Treasurer of the Navy, and Ursula Hussy (1525-Surry, Dorking); Benjamin was son of William Gonson (1490-)., Treasurer of the Navy before him. In 1573 the younger Benjamin Gonson resigned in favor of Sir John Hawkins, who held the office 22 years. Richard was their only child. After Katherine's death, Sir John married Margaret Vaughan, bedchamber woman to Queen Elizabeth† (no children).

Sir John was the patriarch of the great sea dogs of Elizabeth's reign. A man intensely loyal to his queen, he was described as "genial, wary and alert, a good mixer, a man with a charm of manner who made friends, with common sense and give and take the basis of his dealings." He also liked good clothes and killed a man before he was 20. He sailed in 1562 to Upper Guinea, capturing negroes and Portugese ships (later restored to their owners), selling the slaves in Hispaniola for beefhides, thus beginning the triangular slave trade. In 1564 he began public service, continuing the trade, returning home by way of Newfoundland. On return the Queen granted him a coat of arms: "sable, on a point wavy a lion passant or; in chief three bezants; for a crest, a demi Moor proper bound in a cord." On his third voyage with Francis Drake in 1567, he encountered the Spanish fleet at San Juan and most of his ships were destroyed.He was the only sea captain concerned with hygiene and overcrowding on his ships, and thus lost few men to disease. Most of his later work was in England, acting secretly as "traitor" with Spain to uncover the Rinaldi plot to assassinate the Queen and replace her with Mary Stuart, taking his father in laws job as Treasurer of the Navy, and reforming and reorganizing the Navy so that it was able to defeat the Spanish Armada 1588.

See portraits of Hawkins and his ships at Hawkins Images.†

Sir John Hawkins was the son of:

William Hawkins (ca. 1500-1554/5) and Joan Towne Trelawny

They were married 1553/4. Joan was the only child and heiress of Roger Trelawny of Brightoore, son of John Trelaway and grandson of Sir John Trelaway and Blanche Pownde.

William was a sea Captain and owner of considerable property in Plymouth, where he was named Mayor in the 1530s and elected member of Parliament in 1539. He began his career as a merchant, exporting cloth and tin and importing salt, wines, sugar and pepper, olive oil from Europe. His first voyage was to Guinea for ivory and pepper and Brazil for wood in 1530. He made three famous voyages to Brazil, bringing a native King to see Henry VIII (he died en route home). In 1544 he purchased the Manor of Sutton Valletort or Vawter, which remained in the family until 1637/8. "He was a man of his time, a rough, hard hitting, coarse tongued time."

William, Ship owner and sea captain, m. (2) Joan Tothill, d. 10/7/1589.

He laid the foundation of the Indian Empire and was Ambassador to the court of the great Mogul, 1608.

John, see above†

William Hawkins was the son of:

John Hawkins and Joan Amados (Amydas)

They lived at Travistock. Joan was the daughter of William Amadas of Launceton and Margaret Hawkins of Cornwall. He was sergeant-at-arms to Henry VIII, and Joan was their heiress.John held land in Plymouth before 1480 and was dead before 1490.

William (see above)

Henry (became a Clerk in orders)

Agnes, m. Walter Trelawny of Tudiford, second son of John Trelawny of St. Germans and Margaret Boston, grandson of Sir John Trelawny and Blanche Pownde.†

The Hawkins Name

Hawkins is derived from the village of Hawkins, in the Hundred of Folkstone. Osbert de Hawking, in the reign of Henry II, was an ancestor of Andrew Hawkins of Nash Court, near Fabersham, Kent, in the reign of Edward III. (He had married Joan de Nash, heiress).†

Hawkins Coat of Arms:

In Edward III's reign, the King of Navarre declared war against France. He collected men to fight, including 300 men under the command of Rabigois of Derry, Franklyn, and Hawkins, in 1358. The Coat of Arms memorialized the taking of the Castle of Mauconseil, with the saltier being the scaling ladder, the fleure de lis memorializing the service in France.

Arms: Argent, on a saltier sable, five fleurs de lis or (On a silver shield, a black saltier (cross) with 5 gold fleurs de lis thereon)
Crest: On a mount vert, a doe lodged or (A golden doe on a green mount)

Motto: Toujours Pret (Always ready)

(Note that the coat of arms awarded to Sir John Hawkins was different.)